Holy facepalm, Batman… Before Christopher Nolan rebooted Batman with the movie Batman Begins, the franchise had got to the point where nobody was able to tell if one was watching a semi-intentional comedies or a superhero action movie. We list here 8 moments that made us do this:
1 and 2 – Special effects in the old Batman series
Now, their fellow DC superhero(ine) Wonder Woman could run pretty fast in her own TV show, but what about Batman and Robin? Well, nobody said they have superpowers, so above you can see the epic cinematic trickery in action.
Entertaining as it was, it’s pretty impossible to take the old TV show seriously. This recurring scene with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder going places from the good old Batman series sums it all up nicely.
3 – Bane in Batman & Robin
Once upon a time, Bane looked like Nacho Libre having roid rage. While the approach kind of fits in with the ridiculousness of the rest of Batman & Robin, it didn’t do the character much justice.
More like it: Bane on The Dark Knight Rises. Way more articulate. Much more menacing. Character-wise a vast improvement.
4 – The Joker’s money slide
The Dark Knight saw The Joker give Batman a run for his money… and he also knew how to enjoy it (in his own way). His take on a popular playground pastime is fairly outrageous to start with… and looks ridiculously fun! Given the opportunity (and the cash), who wouldn’t want to try the same?!
5 – This scene with Catwoman
Umm… A three-letter reaction to this scene is not uncommon. Or the look your cat gives you when you sneeze. Dear Tim Burton, we get that she’s meant to be the epitomy of the word ‘feline’. But still.
6 – The Riddler, from start to finish
The fact that Jim Carrey was cast in Batman Forever may have something to do with the end result, which was spandex-clad sheer insanity. It even continued in a straitjacket:
PS. Nowadays we’d be very curious to see how Jim Parsons (Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory fame) would do in the same role as he’s indicated interest in playing The Riddler.
7 – The many puns of Mr Freeze
To think of it, though, he’d be right at home at Westeros, where winter is perennially coming… maybe he’s secretly a Stark?
8 – The ‘edgy’ Caped Crusader outfits in Batman & Robin
This one requires an actual video. The close-ups from the suit-up scene are just so cringeworthy.
But hey, Poison Ivy totally approves…
Let us put a smile on that face…
(Yeah, we got that line from The Joker.)
While the story of Batman will be re-told once again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and we don’t know for sure what the future brings (‘Sad Batman’ memes indicate that the audience will probably get a few laughs out of the new movie, whether or not that was the intention).
However, we’ll be forever grateful that Mr. Nolan did not continue from where Joel Schumacher left off in The Dark Knight Trilogy. Not only were we left with Heath Ledger’s awesome performance as The Joker, but also two super-entertaining slots. Maybe you have read about them…?